Just a little preview card for you on the upcoming season; consider this an early look in preparation for our usual positional previews.
From left to right, we've got the opponent; what they did in '06; their national offensive and defensive rankings in '06; a total of returning starters; the returning stat leaders for a few categories (passing, rushing, receiving, tackles, sacks, and interceptions -- if the box is blank, it means the leader is not returning this year); and finally a note on whether the team has a new coach or new coordinators.
The list is sorted by the combined offense & defense ranking from '06.
|Opponent||2006||Rank||Rank||Returning Starters ||Returning Leaders||New |
|BC||10-3||50||34||16||7||9||QB||RB||WR||LB||CB||HC, OC |
|MSU||4-8||48||88||12||6||6||RB||FS||HC, OC, DC|
|AFA||4-8||69||78||10||4||6||QB||RB||WR||LB||LB||S||HC, OC, DC |
|Stanford||1-11||118||97||15||7||8||RB||WR||HC, OC, DC|
|and just FYI... |
|Notre Dame ||10-3 ||23 ||65 ||8 ||3 ||5 ||LB||DC |
Odds and ends:
- UCLA returns the most starters (20). I think they've got the best opportunity to improve on their '06 record (7-6).
- Navy returns the fewest (9), and I'll be shocked if they win 9 games again.
- Air Force returns only 10 starters, but all of its statistical leaders.
- Southern Cal had the 20th ranked defense and returns 10 of 11 starters. Yikes.
- On the other hand, Michigan had the 10th ranked defense and returns only 4.
- Notre Dame has fewer returning starters than any team on the schedule, and we return only one statistical leader from last year (Mo Crum, tackles).